Etihad (tel. 06-505-8000; www.etihadairways.com), the outstanding national airline, flies nonstop to Abu Dhabi from JFK airport in New York. The flight takes a little more than 12 hours. Other airlines flying into Abu Dhabi include British Airways (tel. 02-622-5777; www.british-airways.com); Emirates (tel. 02-575-7474; www.emirates.com); and Delta/KLM (tel. 02-632-3280; www.klm.com). A taxi from the airport to downtown will cost about AED 80. There's also a public bus, no. 901, that runs from the airport to downtown every 45 minutes for AED 3.
You'll need a valid international driving license issued by the country where your national driving license is from to operate a car in the U.A.E. (visitors are not allowed to use their national driving license here). Abu Dhabi lies 166km (103 miles) from Dubai, a roughly 2-hour drive from Dubai on the Sheikh Zayed Highway. Although the highway is well-paved and marked, watch out for other drivers often traveling at very high speeds. Rental-car agents in Abu Dhabi include Avis (tel. 02-621-8400; www.avis.com); Budget (tel. 02-633-4200; www.budget.com); Hertz (tel. 02-672-0060; www.hertz.com); and Thrifty (tel. 02-634-5663; www.thrifty.com).
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.